2014 The Lacock Cup
The Lacock Cup is a beautiful and extremely rare example of the medieval goldsmiths' art. Made in the mid-15th century, this partially gilded silver chalice is thought to have belonged originally to a noble family from the village of Lacock in Wiltshire. It would have been used as a communal drinking cup, passed around at feasts, a symbol of wealth and hospitality.
Recognising the Lacock Cup’s historic importance, in 1962 the church loaned it to the British Museum. In 2013 the museum was offered the chance to acquire the cup for its permanent collection. NHMF support for the purchase has secured the Lacock Cup as the first object of its kind to enter a national collection.